Twenty years after bidding farewell to 100,000 people (though some claim as many as 250,000) lining the Sydney Opera House forecourt, Crowded House returns with encore performances at this iconic site, coinciding with the band’s induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame and marking a worthy finale to a month of diverse musical content. The concert — one of four — coincides with the reissuing in all formats, including vinyl, of seven of the fabled group’s albums, each one accompanied “by a rich trove of rarities”, according to Neil Finn, including demos and other unreleased musical curios. The concert will be simulcast live across ABC platforms, ABC television, Double J and iView, giving you the opportunity to watch wherever you are. Award-winning journalist Heather Ewart returns to take us on another nine-part journey to meet more of this country’s most colourful characters and resilient communities. She’s on the road to discover more about what makes country towns tick; that sturdy optimism and robust sense of community they exude. It’s a concept of some complexity, Ewart discovers, as she meets people with a kind of pioneering vitality whose grit and good humour can often inspire. First stop is the small South Australian town of Mundulla, 280km southeast of Adelaide, which is about to stage the annual Moot Yang Gunya Festival, before the series crosses the country. Sex Box Friday, 9.40pm, ABC Two Screening as part of the ABC Two’s Dating & Mating week, and teamed with the encore screening of Luke McGregor’s Aussie series Luke Warm Sex, this is the second season of the British series in which couples discuss their feelings and GI Joe: Retaliation sensations about their love life after having sex. This they do before a live audience in a large soundproofed box that contains nothing more than a bed and a pillow camera. It sounds a bit voyeuristic and slightly tawdry but it’s good fun for all concerned, it seems. The show is hosted by suave and rather droll Welsh TV host Steve Jones and Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens (“First bla bla, then boom”), and filled with practical advice, technical hints, visual guides and specially commissioned surveys. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Saturday, 8.35pm, SBS), directed by Terry Jones, is a must-see comedy for all Python fans and anyone who loves anarchic satire. The ensemble, which includes Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Michael Palin, is outrageous as always in multiple roles mocking and satirising not only religion but Hollywood epic biblical movies. Jon M. Chu’s GI Joe: Retaliation (Thursday, 8.30pm, Eleven), a sequel to 2009’s GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the science fiction action movie based on Hasbro’s GI Joe toy, comic and media franchises, continues the adventures of the GI Joe team. The cast includes Jonathan Pryce, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson in a feast of shapeshifting baddies, futuristic tech and action blockbuster thrills. Bio-pic Max Manus (Wednesday, 1.30am, SBS), starring Aksel Hennie and directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, is the story of Norway’s greatest World War II hero, a ruthless anti-Nazi who, after the war, became an alcoholic and suffered nervous breakdowns. The film received six Norwegian Amanda Awards in 2009, including best film. At the time of filming in 2008, it was the most expensive Norwegian film made.
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